John Harrison
January 2012
INTRODUCTION

There is, presently, intensive lobbying by a few wind energy developers and their potential subcontractors to remove the present moratorium on off-shore wind energy generation in the Great Lakes. It has even reached the point of pushing to build a project and use it as a study.  The proposal is not for a pilot project but for a full 300 MW, 100+ wind turbine development just 5 to 7 km off-shore. This is a transparent attempt to get a permit to build, by political means, a development that will never pass an environmental review. The effort ignores the fact that the residents of Wolfe Island, Amherst Island and along the waterfronts of Kingston and Prince Edward County will be treated as guinea pigs. The following report presents what is known about sound propagation across water and applies it to off-shore wind energy generating systems.

 

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